Kojo Yankah, a former Member of Parliament in Ghana. He also served as a Minister of State in the Rawlings government has urged John Mahama to reconsider staging a comeback. He wrote:
HE John Dramani Mahama on my mind.
Dear John, l have admired you for a very long time as you know. You are a very affable, intelligent, and courteous person.
Your humility and sense of service contributed to your rise to leadership at various levels culminating in God putting you in charge of the helm of affairs in this beautiful country. You lost an election and you accepted the results and thanked God accordingly.
To the best of my knowledge, you performed to the best of your ability with the team, message and strategies you brought on board.
From my knowledge of history, no leader of any country has been able to solve all the problems of that country. Even more inspiring for me, America’s Jimmy Carter, who was in office for only one term, served the world and humanity much better when he was out of office.
John, my humble request is for you to give a second thought to your decision. If l am too late in coming, or if you have heard my reasoning before, l wish you well. Definitely, you may hear other voices more compelling than mine. May the Good Lord guide your paths.
Many have reacted to the call:
I believe in our body politics today we must work hard to create an environment that supports peoples’ willingness to say what they really think. And our leaders must continue working to be open to hearing the honest truth, even if they might disagree with the perspective or opinions of others. I completely associate with the advice of Mr. Kojo Yankah to President Mahama.
President Lincoln said “Resolve to be honest at all events; and if, in your own judgment, you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer. Choose some other occupation.” Let’s follow the example of the man thought of by many as the greatest American who ever lived.
As leaders, we must create an environment where those around us are able and willing to share their opinions, even if we think we might disagree with the opinion or ideas. Honesty should be the bedrock of our foundation to people who lead us, not political sycophancy.
Thank you Kojo Yankah